Bay Area Community Church & Chapel Addition

Annapolis, Maryland

A wave and water theme derived from Biblical references also reflects the context of the Chesapeake Bay region

Annapolis, Maryland

Completion Date
2006 – Phase 1
2015 – Phase 2

53,000 SF – Phase 1
21,000 SF – Phase 2
38,490 SF – Phase 3

Project Type
New Construction, Church, Chapel

Professional credits
Waldon Studio Architects

Building out a multi-phased plan

The design team collaborated with Bay Area Community Church to prepare a multi-phase master plan for a new church campus that would meet its growing, cross-generational congregation in innovative ways. The idea of a wave and water theme for the architecture and interiors, which seemed appropriate for the context of Chesapeake Bay, was inspired by two references from scripture: Habakkuk 2:14 describes the “knowledge of the glory of the Lord” filling the earth as the “waters cover the sea;” and in Revelations 4:6 and 15:2, the Apostle John illustrates the throne room of heaven and the people of God depicted on a “sea of glass.”

The first building phase included a multipurpose gymnasium/worship auditorium, a cafe and coffee bar, administrative spaces, children’s and adult classrooms, and a dedicated youth worship space called “The Warehouse.”  The second building phase included a 350-seat chapel and an expanded children’s wing with new classrooms, and a playroom sized for families.


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Award of Merit (Chapel Addition)

AIA Maryland People's Choice Award for Institutional Architecture (Chapel Addition)

AIA Chesapeake Bay Citation Award (Chapel Addition)

National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB) Merit Industry Award for Innovation Award for Project Size Category; Merit Award for Best Renovation or Addition (Chapel Addition), WFX Solomon Award for Best Church Design - Expansion (Chapel Addition)

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A place to gather and worship

Ravi Waldon, AIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
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